Momentum shows the process of decay and the human incapability to
overcome it. It is a spacious, analog installation with a four-day
cycle, guided by a very slow, continuous performance of assisting the
installation in order for it to work, resulting in strong graphic, four
meter long prints.
All elements of the installation are made of material that is
subjective to decay. The specially prepared water in the 4m long iron
tub can not be used over 4 days. That determines the length of the
performance/installation. The size of the tub determines a maximum
width for the pigment-mixture to spread on the surface.
Because of certain ingredients in the mixture, the pigment can spread,
but not mix. It has to push the other pigments away, as it is forced to
drip for two hours in the center of one spot. Therefore the colors have
to fight for their place, causing it to change continuously. Doing so,
the material finds its boundaries – and starts to ‘break’. Although the
detailing can get immensely intense (as seen on the pictures) the most
interesting part of the installation is seen when the glass pipes are
being put in the next spot.
After seven full tubs and seven four meter prints, the water has fully
decayed and will no longer allow the pigment-mixture to spread on the
surface and the performance/installation has ended. All times and
changes are being noted through out the entire 4 days and all full
four-day sessions are being numbered, as well as the prints. What
remains is a printed timeline showing the decay of a chemical process;
in one print, but also gradually deteriorating over all seven.
Momentum by Xandra van der Eijk (2011) from V2_ on Vimeo.